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FORTitude Teen Workshops 

Our new, original series of virtual teen workshops using evidence-led best practices in mindfulness and positive psychology, helps teens discover their inner enoughness and personal superpowers.

These workshops have been created for teens to promote a positive sense of identity and well-being. They are designed to help teens that may be struggling with anxiety, low self-worth, loneliness, or depression ward off negative thoughts and teach the skills that will support a lifetime of positive mental health.

Workshop Format

Created in partnership with adolescent psychologist Dr. Cam Caswell and mindfulness educator Ofosu Jones-Quartey, this 12-week workshop series is comprised of 3 parts, 4 sessions for each topic/part, covering the themes:

Part 1 - I am Enough

Part 2 - I am Powerful

Part 3 - I am Valuable

Workshops Open for Registration:

Workshops are interactive so registrants must attend ready to participate with cameras on!

 
I Am Enough
Mondays August 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 6 PM

Each registration is for 4 sessions on the particular topic. Registration is always open to all for any part of the series at any time but it is best to only participate in one 4-week session at a time. Each part covers four core constructs relating to that topic, Mind, Body, Emotions, and Relationships. Each registration is for 4 sessions of that particular topic/part of the series and it’s not required to complete parts of the series in order to find the dates that work for you and go ahead and register! Workshops do have limited capacity to enable participants to build meaningful connections with each other, so register right away!

 

To ensure that all teens have access to the full series, we will hold several sessions of the complete workshop series throughout the year.

Want to learn more?

If you missed our parental panel on this topic where you could also meet our workshop creators, you can still replay it on our Facebook page

 

You can also learn more about our great workshop facilitators and partners below:

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Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Ofosu is a mindfulness teacher, father and musician from the Washington DC area. He has been teaching the Insight Meditation Community of Washington's (IMCW) Family Meditation Class since 2008. Ofosu has been working with Minds Inc, in bringing mindfulness practice to schools, working with students directly in the classroom since 2014 and as a volunteer teacher at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) for their teen retreats. Ofosu is currently leading an eight week mindfulness program for high school students in Washington DC via City Kids. Ofosu also co-teaches adult classes and meditation retreats at various centers around the country and has led mindfulness workshops for formerly incarcerated persons of color through DC based nonprofits. 

An accomplished musician, Ofosu also performs both domestically and internationally as a Hip Hop and Electronic Music artist. He often incorporates music into his teachings, creating a unique and special atmosphere for fellow practitioners.  He recently wrote a book for families called “You Are Enough” with endorsements from Tara Brach, Gil Fronsdal and La Sarmiento. 

Ofosu is also a voice over talent, having lent his voice to programs on Sesame Studios as well as Sprout Network's cartoon "Ollie and Moon" and is the “male voice” on the new mindfulness app Balance. Ofosu's writings on how he teaches mindfulness in a simple, fun and effective way have been published by Lion’s Roar magazine, and he has been profiled by NBC News and the Washington Post

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Dr Cam Caswell

Dr Cam has been working with parents and teens as a family coach for over 15 years. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Susanne Denham and was recognized for her superb teaching as a professor of Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Cam is a Certified Professional Success Coach (CPSC), has served as a high school youth leader for over 10 years, and is an active member of the Advance Your Reach Accelerator Program. She published her first book, Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition in 2015. Since then she has been speaking about adolescent development and parent education at local schools, national organizations, on television, podcasts, and most recently on NPR (https://drcamconsulting.com/invite-dr-cam-to-speak) After her presentation at the Nysmith School, the coordinator wrote, “The best Parent Education event the school has ever had.”

Dr. Cam hosts a weekday podcast 'Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam' and has also created a series of online parenting courses including, “How to Have a Peaceful, Positive Relationship with Your Teen.”

Dr. Cam uses her fun, interactive style to unpack frustrating adolescent behavior and empowers her clients and audiences to work with their teen's wiring rather than against it—boosting the development of a positive, healthy sense of self rather than unwittingly eroding it. Parents leave her sessions feeling hopeful, supported, and motivated for change.

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SUSAN TALBOTT

Susan Talbott, a Clinical Mental Health graduate student, is a counselor-in-training (CIT) at Messiah University. Following graduation later this year, Susan will pursue certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

 

Susan is currently working under the supervision of Denisha Johnson, LCSW, with teens and young adults in individual counseling and group work. Susan left a career in secondary school leadership, after seeing a growing need in, and sensing a calling toward, the field of mental health.

 

Susan has also held leadership positions with Loudoun County’s NAACP (Education Committee) and Mu Chi Alpha of Chi Sigma Iota (Academic and Professional International Honor Society for Counselors).

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TORI KLIER

Tori Klier is a second grade teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools. She has been working with students for 13 years in a variety of settings including summer camps, classrooms, tutoring, and mentoring. Tori graduated from James Madison University as an undergrad in 2017 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. She also earned an Honors Emphasis in Creativity and a minor in Special Education. In 2019, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education also from James Madison University while engaging in the Harrisonburg community as a tutor and mentor for Tanzanian refugee children. 

Tori has managed  her own anxiety and depression since high school using mindfulness and lifestyle practices. She hopes to be able to share her story with others to inspire them to take positive steps in their life. 

 

While teaching second grade, Tori has implemented a new social emotional learning curriculum in her classroom focusing on emotion management, mindfulness, problem solving and strategies for success. 

While not teaching and working with students to live their best lives, Tori enjoys being active and staying outside as a runner and a hiker. Tori also loves spending time painting, reading, and playing with her dog, Juno.